How does channel drainage work?

Channel drainage systems drain along their entire lengthChannel drains are a common construction item used around the world for a variety of purposes. You may also hear them called trench drains or linear drains. But how does channel drainage work?

The simplest explanation as to how channel drainage works is that it is based on gravity. Accordingly, channel drains should always be positioned at a point where surface water is likely to roll towards (i.e. not uphill!).

Linear drainage systems drain water along their entire length, rather than at one point like a gully does. They are made up of an enclosed channel with some form of grating over the top.

The main purpose of a channel drain is to remove surface water away from a selected area. This helps to prevent flooding and overspill. These drains are also used to control water flow in an area by reducing the stress being put on the system.

Types and applications of channel drainage

There are two basic types of channel drain: those with built-in falls, and those that maintain a regular depth along their entire length. Those with built-in falls tend to be used to drain large, flat areas such as car parks. The ‘regular depth’ type is used for short lengths of drain, and on areas with a natural slope or fall.

Channel drains are used for many different purposesHere at Drainage Superstore, we have a wide range of channel drainage solutions available. These range from basic half-metre or metre-long concrete units for use on private driveways, through to stainless steel units with medical uses.

Channel drains come in a variety of sizes, from 50mm units for roof drainage to 250mm deep motorway drains. They are designed using a variety of materials, including polymer concrete, wet-press concrete, HDPE and stainless steel. The end use of the drain will determine which type is most suitable (read up on how to select the right channel drain before your purchase).

There are also a number of accessories that will be required for certain projects. We supply a wide range including sump units, access and corner units, end caps, and outlet adaptors for channel drains.

A guide on how to install an ACO drain can be found here. If you would like any extra advice or assistance, call our drainage experts on 01752 692 221. They will be glad to help you complete your project.